Need to escape bone chilling winters of northern hemisphere, longing to experience tropical summers. Easy! Head to Australia.
Below are few tips for a hassle free and cost effective summer trip to Australia
- High SPF sunscreen, hat and sunglasses are must for protection against strong sun and scorching heat in the Ozone depleting environment
- Carry windcheaters, preferably water proof with hood since evening can be much cooler
- Summers can be very wet, carry umbrellas
- Flip-flops and slip on shoes will be much more convenient during summer season
- If on medication, do carry doctor’s prescription along with medicines. It is advisable to carry basic medicines and the prescription
- If a vegetarian, then finding the food of your choice can be an issue. Fries or cheese pizza will the most common available options. Carry some healthy snacks all the time – energy bars, nuts, fruits to keep yourself full and going
- Always carry water. Buying bottled water every time is expensive, instead buy a pack of 500ml bottles from stores like Coles and carry 2-3 bottles every time you go out. Beer is cheaper than water
- When venturing out, carry a multi-purpose backpack to keep your cameras, mobiles, wallets, water bottles, snacks and sunscreen.
- Carry electric converter for Type 1 socket. The plugs have two flat metal pins, forming an inverted ‘V’ shape, and occasionally a third pin in the center (http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/list_bylocation.htm)
- The emergency number for police, ambulance and fire brigade is 000
- Claim a refund of the goods and services tax (GST) and wine equalization tax (WET) that you pay on goods you buy in Australia, within 60 days of travel. The refund only applies to goods you take with you as hand luggage or wear on to the aircraft or ship when you leave the country. Tourist Refund Scheme facilities are located in the departure area of international terminals
- Credit cards such as American Express, Bankcard, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa, UnionPay and JCB are accepted in Australia. VISA or MasterCard can be used everywhere credit cards are accepted. American Express and Diners Club are accepted at major supermarket and department store chains and many tourist destinations. A good tip is to carry multiple credit cards and a little cash. Merchants may impose credit card surcharges in some places.
- Traveller’s cheques are not widely accepted in Australia. If you do purchase traveller’s cheques, it is best to buy them in Australian dollars as smaller shops, restaurants and other businesses are unlikely to know what the exchange rate is if you present a cheque in a different currency such as US dollars or British pounds
- Tipping is voluntary, there is no pressure to tip
Enjoy your trip!